What We're Reading

The Cuyahoga Arts & Culture team has valued the opportunity to learn more about equity, diversity and inclusion. Here is a list of key resources we hope you find helpful!

The Power of Words: This video was created by our very own grants program team in collaboration with Erica Merritt from Equius Group LLC. The purpose of this video is to show viewers how the type of words they use can directly link to the way they work with communities that are outside of their own. This video will provide you with tips on how to write and think more inclusively, which we hope will result in more inclusive action. https://youtu.be/2-4jYnmcuTo

PRISM: Prism is a five-session learning lab supported by Neighbor Up in partnership with Equius Group, a consulting firm committed to supporting individuals and organizations to see and experience the word and their work through an equity lens. http://neighborupcle.org/prism/

Project Implicit: The Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. The IAT may be especially interesting if it shows that you have an implicit attitude that you did not know about. For example, you may believe that women and men should be equally associated with science, but your automatic associations could show that you (like many others) associate men with science more than you associate women with science. https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

Racial Equity Institute: REI is designed to help leaders and organizations who want to proactively understand and address racism, both in their organization and in the community where the organization is working. REI offers a multitude of services including the Groundwater and Phase I workshops and the Latinx Challenges.  https://www.racialequityinstitute.com/ourservices/

Not Just Money Report by Holly Sidford. http://heliconcollab.net/our_work/not-just-money/

Intro to Engaging Diverse Audiences: Tools for organizations seeking to increase the diversity of their audiences. https://racc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/RACC-Intro-to-Engaging-Diverse-Audiences.pdf

Equity in Action: Read about equity in action through the lens of our staff, cultural partners, and Cuyahoga residents. 

White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women's Studies (1988) by Peggy McIntosh: This article gives the reader an understanding of white privilege and male privilege. It uses the metaphor of privilege as “an invisible knapsack." white-privilege-and-male-privilege.pdf (35.6KB)

Ladder of Participation: A useful tool for organizations that are evaluating themselves in regards to how they are working with their community. ladderofparticipation.pdf (529.3KB)

Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural OrganizationContinuumOnBecomingAnAnti-RacistMulticulturalOrg.pdf (103.8KB)

20 ways majority-white nonprofits can build authentic partnerships with organizations led by communities of colorhttp://nonprofitaf.com/2018/08/20-ways-majority-white-nonprofits-can-build-authentic-partnerships-with-organizations-led-by-communities-of-color/


These works help provide a foundation for understanding the history and current realities facing people of color, specifically African Americans:

A youth novel with a powerful and relatable story today, especially in Cleveland:

  • The Hate You Give
This book shows the reader how people with good intentions can do more damage to social issues. It highlights how to work with communities in need instead of working for them:

  • No More Heroes